Astronomers have just announced that they have observed a red supergiant star exploding into a supernova for the first time ever. Officially named supernova (SN) 2020tlf, it was studied for 130 days leading up to the explosion, which showed the death of a star, about 10 times more massive than our own Sun, approximately 120 million light-years away from Earth in the NGC 5731 galaxy. Read more for a video and additional information.
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have nearly finished construction on the world’s brightest x-ray laser, called the Linac Coherent Light Source II (LCLS-II). Once complete, it will be approximately 10,000 times brighter than its predecessor. Physicists hope to use this laser to uncover some fundamental unknowns about our universe. Read more for a video and additional information.
China’s artificial sun has set yet another new world record on Thursday sustaining a high plasma temperature for 1,056 seconds. To date, this is the longest duration for an experimental advanced superconducting tokamak (EAST) fusion energy reactor. Back in May, the artificial sun managed to sustain a temperature of 120 million degrees Celsius for 101-seconds. Read more for a video and additional information.
At first glance, A’seedbot appears to possibly be a prop straight from a science fiction film, but it’s actually a small, solar-powered autonomous robot engineered to inhabit the desert to cultivate its landscape. Created by product designer Mayzar Etehadi, it measures roughly 8-inches long and designed to recharge during the day and work at night. Read more for a short video, additional pictures and information.
MIT researchers are no strangers to insect-like micro robots, but giving them a boost to fly around like their real-life counterparts required a bit of tinkering. They ended up pioneered a fabrication technique that enables them to build soft actuators that operate with 75% lower voltage than current versions while carrying 80% more payload. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Astronomers have captured and incredible image of a central black hole eruption in the galaxy Centaurus A, which is approximately 12 million light years away from Earth. When the black hole feeds on in-falling gas, it spews out material at near light-speed, thus resulting in ‘radio bubbles’ to grow over hundreds of millions of years. Read more for a video on Centaurus A and additional information.
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Meiji University professor Homei Miyashita and his team have developed TTTV (Taste the TV), which is exactly as it sounds, a screen that you can lick to taste things. It uses 10 different flavor canisters that when combined, can simulate the taste of a particular food. This sample is then sprayed onto hygienic film that covers the TV screen for the viewer to try. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Fossilized dinosaur eggs and nests are nothing new, but finding a well-preserved embryo inside one of them is most certainly a rarity. However, one such perfectly preserved specimen has been discovered in southern China. This discovery also led researchers to believe that oviraptorosaurs (therapods closely related to birds) remained in a tucked posture before they hatched. Read more for a short video and additional information.
Sweden-based startup, Epicenter, has developed a microchip implant that can be used to store your COVID-19 vaccine passport directly beneath the skin, either in the arm or between the thumb and forefinger. It utilizes use near-field communication (NFC) technology, which communicates with any NFC-compatible smartphone. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
Australia-based Cortical Labs utilized thousands of human brain cells grown atop of arrays of microelectrodes, or in other words, a biotechnological hybrid called ‘DishBrain’, to play a single-player version of the classic arcade game ‘Pong’. The researchers then compared the speed at which the mini-brain picked up the skill with that of artificial intelligence (AI). Read more for a video and additional information.